Ladies (and gentleman) who lift: Are you hungry ALL the time??
Since I have been doing more weights I am constantly hungry. I knew this would happen, but holy moly! As a dietitian I know that when trying to build muscle timing and composition of what you eat is key.
I workout after work, before dinner, then eat a decently large meal of protein, complex carbs, etc. I am for sure full at the end, but a couple hours later I am famished. This is typically when I have some of whatever baked good I have lying around or ice cream, but that just hasn’t been cutting it.
If I don’t have a substantial snack before bed I wake up at 1am feeling like I am on Survivor- starved. The other night this happened and I fell UP the stairs and into the window blinds. Let me tell you, those things are a weapon! I had cuts all over my hands… On top of that- I ate ice cream and some nondistinct pumpkin-y thing- when hanger takes over, food choices are less than optimal.
Enter this recipe.
I am not a big fan of protein powder. I SURE am not a fan of just drinking it- that is so insanely boring and for the most part disgusting. I like to enjoy my food- not chug it. I think that it is always best to get protein from real, whole foods. But, I do know that there can be a time and a place for it.
Whole grains, protein, and chocolate.
Yes, yes, and YES.
Each cookie has 140 calories at 9.3g protein.
Chocolate Peanut Protein Cookies
Yield: 8 very large cookies
- 1 cup Old fashioned oats
- ¼ cup flour
- ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 5 scoops protein powder (I used Vanilla Aria Women’s Protein)
- ¼ cup stevia
- 3 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 4 egg whites
- ½ cup applesauce
- ¼ cup dry roasted unsalted peanuts, chopped
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare baking sheet by lightly spraying with cooking spray.
- Combine oats, flour, cocoa powder, protein powder, stevia, sugar and baking powder in a bowl.
- Add in wet ingredients- egg whites and applesauce. Mixing until evenly moistened.
- Mix in ¾ of the peanuts. Reserving ¼ to top cookies.
- Scoop 8 cookies from batter, these will be about ¼ cup each.
- Sprinkle reserved ¼ peanuts on top of cookies.
- Bake for 8 minutes.
- Allow to cool.
Nutrition Information Per Cookie: 140 calories, 2.9g fat, 19.5g carbohydrates, 9.3g protein
I think these would make a delish ice cream sandwich- because I think everything is better with ice cream… You could use Halo Top, high-protein ice cream. Joe and I recently tried this- Delish, but expensive =( and not lactose free, but who am I kidding, that hardly stops me…
The protein and whole grains in these cookies really help to hold me over till morning.
I had 2 last night and woke up ready for my morning run.
Nutrition really does matter people!